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Tea Party poll: 50% say the more they hear, the less they like; losing young adults, seniors, women... - 04/15/12

... (see our extensive coverage at Tea Parties). From the PDF (link, write-up here): ...Interest in learning more about Tea Party is down 7 points from spring 2010... six in 10 Americans aren’t particularly interested in additional information about the Tea Party, and 41 percent aren’t interested "at all." Thirty-nine percent have at least some interest, but just 9 percent are very interested. Among...

Can Teaparty show how Annie-Rose Strasser is wrong about Derbyshire's "The Talk" column? - 04/06/12

... everyone else will. Those in the Tea Parties movement (see the link) present themselves as the only opposition to the far-left, yet they're incapable of intellectually challenging even the lightest weights of the far-left such as Strasser. So, what good are they?

Questions for Marc Thiessen about Marco Rubio (Washington Post, American Enterprise Institute) - 03/26/12

... yet another indictment of the Tea Parties: they'd be supporting someone who's bad on immigration and cultural issues. Isn't that stupid of them? 4. The last link discusses the start of a campaign to portray Rubio as a "coconut": brown on the outside, white on the inside. How would you deal with that? 5. If Romney doesn't have a "fighting chance" with Hispanics now, whose fault is that? Romney (...

Dodge, Barron: The GOP and Tea Party need to split up - 03/03/12

... (GOProud). I suggest all of my fellow Tea Parties patriots read it and take its message to heart: Let's be honest, the marriage between the Republican Party and the tea party has always been a marriage of convenience — and an uncomfortable marriage of convenience at best. Unfortunately, this marriage is no longer working and it is time for both sides to move on. Call it irreconcilable...

Presente's racial campaign against Marco Rubio (No Somos Rubios) - 01/27/12

... experiment: let's say that a Tea Parties group from a heavily-Norwegian-American area of Minnesota had an opponent named Black. Let's say that the Teaparties group came out with a campaign called "We Aren't Black". How do you think the entire political and media class would respond to that? Or, imagine that that Teaparties group came out with an anti-illegal immigration campaign called "We Aren'...

Teaparty Nation: break California, Illinois into smaller states (Judson Phillips) - 01/09/12

... and un-American idea from the Tea Parties comes via email from Judson Phillips of the Teaparty Nation group: ...Illinois and California are poised to become America’s Greece. Both have out of control spending problems. They have raised taxes and regulations to the point where businesses and the wealthy are fleeing those states as fast as they can. ...We need to break up both California and...

Russell Pearce concedes: illegal immigration profiteers get a win (Arizona, Jerry Lewis) - 11/09/11

... being closely associated with the tea parties and taking very conservative positions on other issues probably didn't help him. The fact that those in the tea parties sphere are low-wattage and exclusionary types with fringe ideas means that they weren't able to support him effectively or oppose his detractors effectively. Idiocracy has a price. Since SB 1070 was popular in Arizona and illegal...

Herman Cain scandal revealed: corruption and incompetence (Politico, Tea Parties) - 11/01/11

... explained in great detail on the tea parties page, they simply lack the smarts and sanity to help out their leaders (go see that link for proof). For years I've been attempting to discredit mainstream media reporters, and I've gotten zero help with that from the teapartiers. It would serve their interests to help me discredit reporters and keep them in check, but the teapartiers simply do not...

I Am The 53%: Tea Party continues War on The Poor (Erick Erickson, Josh Trevino, Kevin Eder) - 10/12/11

... latest sociopathic effort from the Tea Parties is "I Am The 53%" (#IAmThe53, the53.tumblr.com), a response to the Occupy Wall Street ("OWS") protests. The 53% is a reference to the fact that just 53% of Americans pay federal income tax, and it features pictures of those in the 53% holding up signs describing how they became successful (per them) on their own. The effort was co-founded by Erick...

Rightwing's muted response to Brown signing unpopular, anti-American immigration law - 10/09/11

... from those affiliated with the tea parties movement and not their opponents. Replacing teaparty with tcot ("top conservatives on twitter") in the first search has about 140 results over the past day. There about 300 tweets with dreamact over the past 17 hours; due to their technical issues Twitter won't go back further at least on the mobile search. Note that most of the tweets about this (pro...

Occupy Wall Street or Teaparty: which is more fake? - 10/06/11

... appears to be about as fake as the Tea Parties as a movement. Some or many OWS members seem to support a policy that harms the lower and middle classes while it further enriches the rich. That policy lowers wages and increases costs on the lower and middle classes while enriching bankers and corrupt businesses and giving more power to corrupt politicians. That policy is closely associated with...

Most new Texas jobs went to immigrants, legal and illegal (Rick Perry; who to blame; what to do) - 09/22/11

... mostly includes those in the tea parties sphere. Over the last two and a half years they could have easily reduced illegal immigration if they'd wanted to and had been able to overcome their various liabilities. Instead, the teaparty base has mostly ignored immigration and their top leaders are on the wrong side. That's despite how helping me promote my two-and-a-half-year old jobs plan could...

Texas Teaparty groups pressure Rick Perry on immigration (sanctuary cities) - 09/19/11

A few days ago, a coalition of tea party and conservative groups came out against an anti-illegal immigration bill. Now, for fair and balanced coverage, there's this (link): Tea Party activists are promising to hold Rick Perry's feet to the fire over illegal immigration. A group of them will stage a news conference at the Texas Capitol on Monday urging Perry to enact a ban on so-called “sanctuary...

Teaparty, conservative groups oppose anti-illegal immigration bill (eVerify, HR 2885) - 09/15/11

... the main reasons I oppose the tea parties is because they're useful idiots for loose borders hacks: libertarians, fiscal conservatives, corporate tools, and so on. A good example comes in an open letter that a group of Teaparty, conservative, and libertarian groups published in Politico opposing HR 2885, the Legal Workforce Act. That bill would make eVerify mandatory for most employers in the U....

Teaparty shouts "yeah!" to just letting the uninsured die (Ron Paul, CNN, GOP debate) - 09/13/11

... Parkinson's victim (see the video on tea parties). Their encore was at last night's GOP debate where at least two teapartiers shouted "Yeah!" on whether to allow the uninsured to just die. Video below. Yes, it was just two or three teapartiers, but it's an illustration of the teapartier mindset and where libertarian policies lead. It's not like the teapartiers in general have shown much concern...

Is discouraging voting by the poor and welfare recipients a good idea? (Matthew Vadum, American Thinker) - 09/03/11

... him, especially those in the tea parties. He writes: Why are left-wing activist groups so keen on registering the poor to vote? Because they know the poor can be counted on to vote themselves more benefits by electing redistributionist politicians. Welfare recipients are particularly open to demagoguery and bribery. Registering them to vote is like handing out burglary tools to criminals. It...

Is Tea Party a racist group? No, and here's why. - 08/30/11

Calling the Tea Parties a racist group is false and it's counter-productive: there are much better, much healthier, and much more effective way to oppose them. In this post I'll provide very compelling evidence that they aren't racist. Obviously, even the very compelling evidence below isn't going to sway some people who will continue to oppose the teapartiers in counter-productive ways. If you...

The "How is Tea Party Wrong?" Video Contest - 08/25/11

... persuasive argument against the tea parties (see our extensive coverage at that link). The video that wins the contest will be able to change the minds of at least some people about their movement. Anyone can submit a video as long as it's hosted at Youtube (see the fine print below). How does it work? The first phase will take place over a month or two as videos are submitted. Then, there will...

Dick Durbin refuses to answer bad Tea Party question; "reporters" run cover for Durbin - 08/12/11

... increased the paranoia of the tea parties types and gave them yet another instance of victimization to rally around. Luckily for him, they won't be able to do anything about it: they'll keep on asking bad questions instead of learning how to ask good questions such as the ones on the DREAM Act page. In some ways, this video is an example of the question authority plan in action. What's missing...

Tea Party polls *worse* in U.S. than bin Laden in MidEast: just 58% think teapartiers aren't terrorists - 08/08/11

... supported Osama bin Laden. See tea parties for our extensive coverage of their movement including past polls. And, the next time Teaparty enablers try to present them as representing mainstream American opinion, direct them to this post.

Challenge for liberals: show how Powerline Prize winner is wrong - 08/01/11

... ideas of libertarians and the tea parties are wrong to those who lean to the conservative side of things. It's easy to show people who agree with you that something is wrong, it's not so easy to change minds. The goal of this post is different. I want you my liberal visitor to present an argument that will change the minds of those who might consider joining the tea parties movement, or to...

Power Line Prize 3rd place winner: satire or just delusional Tea Party fantasy? - 07/28/11

... Nussbaum making fun of the Powerline/Tea Parties brand of delusion, or not? I'm really not sure. To help Teapartiers understand why the video is so (unintentionally?) funny, here are some questions: 1. In which exact year was Powerline's fantasy a reality? 2. What else was going on in that year? 3. How are things different nowadays? 4. In which exact years was this true: "Men were allowed to...

Challenge for Teaparty: can you justify cuts to literacy programs (including Reading is Fundamental)? - 07/25/11

... coming back, and those in the tea parties and libertarians camp - and now the GOP under their sway - don't want it to come back. In fact, they want to get rid of even more: "The president... needs to take much more than a scalpel to the Department of Education's budget - there’s room to take an ax," said Lindsey Burke, a policy analyst at the Heritage Foundation, a Washington think tank. Thus,...

S.E. Cupp asks GOP candidates weak questions at Twitter "debate" (140Townhall, Rusty Humphries, Tea Party) - 07/20/11

... Cupp moderated a Twitter-based tea parties "debate" with several GOP candidates for president [1]. She acted the role of the shill, asking them very weak questions and not doing a public service. Interns at Godfather's Pizza were probably asked tougher questions in their job interviews than the ones that Cupp asked Herman Cain and others. Make sure and see the background on one of the groups...

Tea Party Patriots admit immigration "isn't an issue for us" (Mark Meckler) - 07/12/11

... examples in the posts on the tea parties page, and the leader of a major Teaparty group has now explicitly confirmed that his group isn't really all that concerned about an issue that's more important than spending. In an article [1] featuring a Hispanic activist claiming - contra almost all evidence - that the teaparty movement as a whole is pushing anti-illegal immigration bills appears this (...

Patriots teaparty! Chicago writing test stop! Money save! Look! - 07/08/11

Patriots tea parties, look, save money, stop money spend, Chicago, Illinois!! Look: Illinois will assess only reading and arithmetic now that high school juniors will no longer be tested on their writing skills during standardized exams every spring, according to a published report. Cutting the writing exams will save about $2.4 million amid the state's budgetary shortfalls. Writing tests for...

Freedomworks uses Teaparty-approved Alinsky tactics... against Teaparty (not a learning experience) - 06/29/11

As discussed on the tea parties page, the teapartiers could have pushed their same aberrant ideology using much more effective and much more civil tactics. Instead, they chose to act like a childish caricature of the far-left: throwing tantrums at public meetings, standing on street corners waving loopy signs, engaging in cheap stunts, playing dress-up games, smearing and lying, and on and on....

Glenn Beck, Mark Levin, Limbaugh, Hannity paid to promote FreedomWorks, AFP, Heritage (Koch, immigration) - 06/18/11

... immigration. They're one of the main tea parties stringpullers, and they've probably played a key role in keeping that group from highlighting immigration; see the last link for all the details. The exact amount they pay to Beck isn't known, but they paid $1.4 million last year to Rebecca Hagelin for "advertising services", part of which made its way to Beck. The Politico article includes this:...

War on Electability: FreedomWorks to oppose Mitt Romney; what the GOP can do (Tea Party) - 05/25/11

... potential candidates. So, the tea parties - controlled in large part by Freedomworks even if they don't know it - might bring their NY-26 magic to the national stage and help elect Barack Obama to four more years. What the GOP can do about this is to declare "war" on Freedomworks right back: 1. Somehow, some way make an argument that libertarian-oriented policies (or the LibertarianLite version...

Tea Party loses another race for the GOP (Paul Ryan, upstate New York, Kathy Hochul, Jane Corwin) - 05/24/11

... Republican Party partisan, the tea parties are a mixed blessing. On the one hand, their insane rantings bring a fresh piquancy to the sometimes staid GOP. On the other hand, they're putting pressure on the GOP to be crazy, extremist, and largely unappealing to moderates. And, they're splitting the vote, even when the "Tea Party" candidate appears to be a fake teapartier. Thus it is in the case...

Tea Party helps me show Teapartiers are vile idiots, Part 1 of ? - 05/23/11

As can be seen on the tea parties page, I have a very, very low opinion of their movement. However, there is one good thing about them: they're dumb enough to help me show how they're vile idiots. And, they've done that many, many times. And, I'll be compiling them into a series. For the first part of the series, in March 2011, Mary Katharine Ham of the Daily Caller posted "The New Tone is...

Massey Energy "profoundly reckless" in mine disaster; Tea Party as useful idiots; Soros, U.S. Chamber - 05/22/11

... millionth time that those in the tea parties movement are useful idiots: villains like Don Blankenship hide behind red white and blue banners in order to push a money-making agenda. See some of the responses here. The teaparty mind (such as it is) is unable and unwilling to realize that perhaps *both* the Nancy Pelosi types *and* the Don Blankenship types aren't on their side. Those like...

Far-left Robert Erickson dumps glitter on Newt Gingrich; teaparty, ALIPAC partly to blame (Nick Espinosa) - 05/18/11

... their opponents. So, how are the tea parties and ALIPAC partly to blame for the incident? Because back in November 2009, Erickson "punked" a teaparty/ALIPAC event and those attending were incapable of preventing him from doing it. In fact, some of them even helped him. Read about the incident at that link. If even just one of the people attending that event had engaged Erickson in debate on...

Delusional John Hinderaker thinks only left engages in "personal intimidation" - 05/12/11

... Hinderaker had never heard of the tea parties. Since he's clearly heard of them, is he either delusional, or is he trying to mislead? One of the reasons why I oppose the teapartiers is because they act just as badly as vile leftists. Certainly, no teapartiers have as far as I know swarmed the houses of their opponents. However, they have thrown dollar bills at a Parkinson's sufferer (see the...

Palatine Teaparty opposes Illinois DREAM Act (for completely wrong reasons) - 05/09/11

... national bill; see [1]). One Tea Parties group in that state is opposing it, but for the completely wrong reasons; see below. First, here are just a few mainstream reasons why the great majority of Illinoisans should oppose the bill: 1. Every college education that an illegal alien gets is one that was taken away from an American citizen. See the main DREAM Act page for a discussion, including a...

Teaparty leader Dick Armey now wants Mitch Daniels for president - 04/29/11

... after him. * Dick Armey leads the tea parties around by the nose, whether they admit it or not. Without his organizing efforts and funding of various events, many fewer people would have even heard about them. He probably played a major role in the teapartiers largely ignoring immigration for over two years, despite it being far more important than spending and despite it being where the...

A list of "conservative" bloggers who are actually Communist agents of George Soros - 04/18/11

... are the valiant members of the tea parties, America's only true patriots. Thankfully, there are many of us, hundreds of thousands at least. Stay vigilant, patriots.

Government spending & the deficit are a distraction from much more important issues - 04/09/11

Last night, Congress finally did something about massive government spending (link), the single most important issue ever to face the U.S. and the only thing keeping us from continued hope, growth, opportunity and prosperity. Er, maybe not. And, in fact, others used to agree. For instance, consider this table showing the average number of monthly mentions of the listed terms at HotAir [1]. In...

How Glenn Beck could have kept his Fox News show - 04/07/11

... In brief, his viewers were the tea parties types. While he could get hundreds of thousands of them to come to Washington DC and virtually wave loopy signs, very few of them are capable of, interested in, or see any value in opposing those who oppose Beck in effective ways. They can wave loopy signs and play dress-up games like little kids, but anything intellectual is beyond them. For instance,...

Did Teapartiers get bilked out of nearly half a million dollars? - 04/04/11

... vast majority of those in the tea parties are - not to put too fine a point on it - suckers. Previously they wanted to have a beer with George W Bush, a quisling who allowed loose borders, who wanted to help lower U.S. wages to world levels, and who let foreign citizens take jobs away from American hurricane victims. Nowadays they're following leaders (Dick Armey of FreedomWorks, Grover Norquist...